Theros: Beyond Death Preview Season Kicks Off with Ashiok, Elspeth and Athreos
Earlier today, GameSpot revealed four Theros: Beyond Death preview cards to kick start the spoiler season for the new set to be released to MTG Arena on January 16, 2020 and tabletop on January 24, 2020.
As many might be aware already, back in October someone got a hold of six booster packs and leaked the contents to the public. However, the official previews are set to start on December 30 but we can expect some surprise spoilers to be released before this date like this one. Let’s go over each one!
Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis
Elspeth is the central character to the Theros world, and she makes her return from the underworld. Her three abilities do not tick her loyalty up, but she showcases the new Escape mechanic which allows her to be reused.
At first glance, the card seems much more tame and reasonable than the new planeswalkers we have seen so far in the last few sets (which is a good thing) and could be a decent inclusion in either a white weenie or even a control shell.
Ashiok, Nightmare Muse
Ashiok looks like a fun card to play, and no doubt Dimir aficionados will experiment with this in their control decks. It can steal your opponent’s spells much akin to Thief of Sanity while stalling and protecting itself with the 2/3 creature it generates (though Questing Beast can still dodge it). It can even work with other exile effects (such as the new Ashiok’s Erasure).
We think that the second ability is really good as well – it reminds us of the Teferi, Time Raveler minus ability, where it can disrupt the tempo of your opponent in a pinch and generate card advantage at the same time or even act as a removal spell if they happen to have no cards in their hand.
Athreos is the Buy-a-Box promo for Theros: Beyond Death, which is interesting as that means we might not see the other cycle of multicolored gods in the set. As for the card itself, it seems like a fun card to build around in a slower control deck. The power seems more aligned with other Buy-a-Box promo cards such as Rienne, Angel of Rebirth and Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge.
Wizards of the Coast also has something to reveal at tomorrow’s Game Awards, and gave us a closer look at the unique full art Basic Lands of Theros, to be included each physical pack of the product. In MTG Arena, this is most likely to be a cosmetic rather than the default lands we can use.